PN Review Print and Online Poetry Magazine
Most Read... Rebecca WattsThe Cult of the Noble Amateur
(PN Review 239)
Mark FordLetters And So It Goes
Letters from Young Mr Grace
(aka John Ashbery)

(PN Review 239)
Henry Kingon Toby Martinez de las Rivas
(PN Review 244)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
Jamie OsbornIn conversation with Sasha Dugdale
(PN Review 240)
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
OUP PNR 246 Banner
Monthly Carcanet Books
Next Issue Alex Wong embarks on Ausonius's Moselle Christine Blackwell recalls Jonas Mekas Lives of Graves, Trilling and Curnow visited New poems by Lisa Kelly and Jodie Hollander Andy Croft on the 'poetry industry'

This poem is taken from PN Review 224, Volume 41 Number 6, July - August 2015.

‘The Outcast’ and Other Poems David M. Katz
The Outcast

after Borges


Was that a garden there? Was it a dream?
I can’t be sure. Awakening in haze,
I think of Eden as a passing phase,
A faded memory that’s come to seem
The sleight of hand of a Grand Illusionist
Who snatched it from a hat. Yet imprecise
As those occluded sights of paradise
Have now become, I sense they still exist
Outside of me. The unyielding earth’s
Spun round from a blessing to a curse;
It’s time that Cain and Abel had their say.
Nevertheless, it’s something to have loved,
To once have been so happy, to have moved
Within that garden, even for a day.
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image